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Virus Expert Issues This “Desperate” Warning

The Delta variant of COVID isn’t done with America yet—and the summer spike in cases could spread outside hotspots now that schools are back in session, one virus expert warns. “I can honestly say that this surge could actually get substantially higher,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, an epidemiologist, and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, on the latest episode of his podcast. Read on to find out more—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.

Doctors and nurses are working on coronavirus/covid-19 infected patients in the ICU/ hospital.

“Recent reports out of Florida indicate that people who are often desperately ill are waiting in line for more than two hours to receive monoclonal antibodies,” said Osterholm. “We have many reports of individuals who have other health conditions—heart attacks, unintentional injuries, falls, accidents—who can’t be seen promptly in the healthcare systems. They may not be broken, but boy, they’re really bent.”

An ambulance on an emergency call driving through the town center of Fairhope

Osterholm noted that the states that have led the Delta surge—Louisiana, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Missouri, and Nevada—have seen their caseloads start to plateau or drop. “The question is, though, does that mean that the surge is over, and does that mean we’ll see over the next several weeks, a rapid drop in case numbers, or will something else happen?” he said. “And that something else I think is the big unknown. If you look at the population of those states I just mentioned, they only make up 12.5% of the US population. So what are the other states that have 87.5% of the population going to look like over the next three to five weeks?”

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